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Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot

Tango Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot

Tango Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot is a Gold level figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of the dance steps, including timing, footwork, alignment, and movement; steps diagram; a list of figures that may precede or follow the pattern; and videos providing instruction and demonstration of the figure, techniques and practice routines that include it.

Leader

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM Notes
1 Q LF fwd in CBMP DC H
CBM
2 Q RF back in Fallaway, R side leading BDW, moving down LOD IE of BH


3 Q LF back in CBMP and Fallaway Down LOD BH


4 Q RF back, LF held in CBMP To center, toe turned in, end LOD or DW BHB
CBM Total 7/8 or 3/4 turn to L

Follower

Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn CBM Notes
1 Q RF back in CBMP BDC BH

Keep head left, shoulders down, don't drop side. Head travels a bigger circular than hips. Keep moving, no stopping.

Create curving to left by rotating/twisting the hip/leg area on the standing leg, so the step is still back step relative to hip, but because hip is rotating to left, overall movement is curving to left.

Body needs to arrive on the RF before moving off it.

Keep R side to Man. Stretching L arm to L. Think about the head is traveling a bigger circle than hips. Keep the volume with Man.

Keep moving, no stopping through the figure.
2 Q LF back in Fallaway, L side leading Backing DC, moving down LOD IE of BH

Follow Man's hips. 
Really get weight onto LF.
L side stretch very L with head extended to L.

Do NOT pop up, head stay flat, no rise. Hips connected to Man.
3 Q RF back in CBMP and Fallaway (small step), LF held in CBMP DC to end facing wall B
CBM Stay low, flat, no rise, and don't pop up body.
Fallaway RF cross back, not a big step. Keep very stretched to left. Keep hips forward, connected to Man. R leg is flexed, do not straighten R leg.
4 Q LF fwd in CBMP, RF held in CBMP To center, to end BLOD or BDW BH
CBM Pivot (body height stays flat) Keep very stretched to left. Head travels a bigger circular than hips.

Total 7/8 or 3/4 turn to L

Finish with weight fully on LF, w/ knee more fwd, use butt muscle. Don't rush off and fall back into next step.

Note:
  • This figure can be danced into corner, starting DW or LOD to follow with a Reverse figure DC of new LOD.